Date of Award

Spring 1996

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The relationship between traditional or non-traditional perceived gender roles and dominant or submissive sexual fantasies was investigated. The subjects were 32 college women with a mean age of 19.6, ±2.8. The participants completed a two-part survey which measured their perceptions of traditional or non-traditional gender roles for men and women and their preferences for dominant or submissive sexual fantasies. The results indicate that women with traditional perceived gender roles are more likely to have submissive fantasies (p < .01), while women with non-traditional perceived gender roles are likely to have both dominant and submissive fantasies (p < .01). These correlations suggest that college women's perceptions of gender roles carry over into their sexual fantasies.

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